Day six: Kent - We Are England
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05.06.2020 - 03.07.2020 Day six: Kent
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Yarnold, the Olympic skeleton champion, returns to her home county as one of six Batonbearers selected to carry the Queen’s Baton when it arrives in Kent.


Members of the public are invited down to Tonbridge Castle at 8am on the day to see Dame Kelly Holmes carry the baton and have the chance to get involved with the various activities taking place.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will tour Kent on 5 June, visiting local schools and acting as the centrepiece for events happening to celebrate the countdown to Glasgow 2014.
The six Batonbearers have been selected in recognition of their contribution to sport, Young people and the community. They are:
Lizzy Yarnold, from Maidstone, Olympic skeleton gold medallist
Millie Knight age 15, from Canterbury, Paralympic Skier 
Lewis Church, age 17, from Tonbridge, Athlete
Caroline Lorenzo, from Dartford, Volunteer
John Simmonds, from Maidstone, Volunteer
Roland Gooding, from Sevenoaks, Headteacher
Dame Kelly Holmes, President of Commonwealth Games England, said: “Our England Batonbearers are going to play a crucial part when the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in England on May 31st. 
“They have all been selected due to their passion for sport and the way in which they share this with their communities and look to get people involved and active. 
“I’m encouraging everyone in Kent to get involved when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to your city – find out what event is taking place and if you can be there then please go and cheer on your batonbearers and be part of the Team England send-off to Glasgow!”
The Batonbearers will carry the baton at a variety of events and activities organised by local schools as part of INSPIRE, a Kent schools’ Educational Olympics Legacy Programme that ensures as a county we maintain the momentum of the London 2012 Games and the clear benefits that this brings to education. Around 3,300 Kent school children will celebrate the Baton as it travels in the county.
Tonbridge Castle will be open to the public. Other stops are all closed school events, open to pupils only. In Kent, the day will begin at Tonbridge Castle with the event co-hosted by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council. In excess of 1,000 school children will take part in a morning of sport masterclasses.
The Baton will move on to three stops across the north and east of the county where more than 2,000 children from a huge range of schools will take part in sporting, cultural and educational celebration of the Baton and of the Commonwealth.
Mike Hill, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Olympic Legacy, said: “Kent is delighted to welcome the Baton on the 5th June. We have worked very closely with our schools through INSPIRE to ensure as many pupils as possible can be involved in this very special day.”
The baton will have visited 63 of 70 Commonwealth nations and territories when it arrives in the British Isles on Sunday 10 May. Landing in Jersey, the baton then journeys through Guernsey, Isle of Man, embarks on a four-day tour of Northern Ireland and then spends a week in Wales. It will arrive in England on 31 May to begin the penultimate leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Manchester, visiting 16 different locations en route to its final destination through Scotland and the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The XX Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August. Commonwealth Games England is sending a 400-strong team to compete across the 17 sports.
The Queen’s Baton Relay in England is supported with National Lottery funding from Sport England.
For more information, interview requests and details of media opportunities around the Queen’s Baton Relay please contact Anna Young at Run Communications: (M) 07799 064676 (E)  

Details on INSPIRE can be found at